The New Hampshire Disaster Animal Response Team (NH-DART) was established on May 1, 2007, at the request of New Hampshire State Veterinarian Steve Crawford, DVM. NH-DART was a standalone, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation created to support New Hampshire’s response to the federal PETS Act of 2006, which requires states to plan for the evacuation of animals as well as peopleduring disasters in order to qualify for FEMA reimbursement. In 2012 NHDART dissolved its 501(c)3 status becoming a program of Volunteer NH, whose work in disaster services allowed NHDART to focus on its mission and vision.
The vision shared by Dr. Crawford and the NH-DART directors is an organized response to animals in disaster supported by a single entity that can be called upon during a declared disaster. As that entity, NH-DART will provide trained disaster animal response teams to coordinate resources at the local level and provide emergency veterinary services and supportive care for pets, farm animals, a